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New Music Critiques

In Music Connection’s decades long mission to aiding unsigned music-makers, we make sure that every new issue of MC delivers reviews of recordings made by unsigned artists of all genres. Below are the top-scoring artists we heard during the past year, as well as an additional page of Top Prospects who deserving of recognition. We welcome you to sign up for a free critique at musicconnection.com/reviews/new-music-critiques.             Arch Echo 9.0 Web: archecho.com Style: Progressive Metal             Emma Charles 8.8 Web: emmacharlesmusic.com Style: Folk Pop             […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: mykiij.com Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV Style: Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop Philly born-and-based poet, rapper and producer Mykii J demonstrates his range with a sampling of tracks from Music 4 Mutants. On “Gambit,” the rapper surprises us with a nasally voice, almost a parody of Ice-T. This style becomes his own, as Mykii recites spoken word poetry over sparse dramatic piano. Production is key, as halfway in the song, a major reset employs a sub-synth bass, big booming beats and fast straightforward rapping. “The Kickback” is more uptempo and Mykii J sings, sounding very close to the other Michael […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: spotify.com Seeking: Film/TV Placement Style: Alternative Rock An ominous guitar, a shimmering cymbal, pulsing toms, a great bassline and a muttering, accented vocal––they all combine for an intriguing intro from this Norway-based quintet led by an emotive Lars Nielsen. Quite soon, however, it’s apparent there is a desperate need of proper mixing and mastering for this song (“Shine”) to really glow. The midtempo rocker “Game Over,” with its fx’d vocal, and the band’s most promising number, “Fire In The Hole”––a song that would be ideal for an apocalyptic videogame placement––are unfortunately undermined and handicapped by what can […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: linktr.ee/lashgrey Seeking: Label, Distribution, Film/TV Style: Soul Pop We’re impressed with the potential of this Slovakian duo, whose Detroit, L.A. and Prague recorded songs include “after war,” which delivers lush, high-quality synth strings propelled by a funky drum beat, a jazzy bass, and Kristin’s uniquely soulful voice whose accented English comes across as more of a plus than a minus. Subject matter is persistently sad and downbeat, with Kristin expressing feelings of loss and struggles to survive, as in the song “cry.” The sombre tone continues with “alone” where, before the finale’s uptempo beat kicks in, Kristin […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: allegrajordyn.com Seeking: Film/TV, Booking, Publishing Style: Alt-Pop Boston-based Allegra Jordyn delivers a high-quality multi-layered sound for her thoughtful, introspective music. “Numb” radiates with echo and impact, alternating measures of propulsive beats with her somber, downcast verses. The self-critical “Talk of the Town” is similar in nature as she sings “I’ve got to get better.” The breakup song “Last Word” is the artist’s best outing, spearheaded by a strong, memorable chorus. While her vocals deliver emotive moments, we feel that Jordyn’s heavy reliance on glissando can get a bit tiresome and leaves us wondering if it might be […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: soundcloud.com Seeking: Label Style: Hip-Hop What strikes us first about the Chicago-based duo Pretty Litt (Livv and Bamm) is the thoughtful production and composition of the tracks. “Jungle” is comprised of an old soul sample, with an effected vocal run and postmodern drum beat serving as the main instrumental. The female emcees reverse gender roles on “PLA (Pretty Litt Anthem)” telling their men to be ready for when they get back from a night out. “Windy City” is the most effective effort, pleading for social and racial justice, with firsthand observations interspersed with clips of speeches and […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: youtube.com Seeking: Label, Distribution Style: Alt-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, ‘90s Ulm is an artist with a gift for sharp, articulate lyrics that bite into his subject matter. “Cannon Fodder Confessions…” is a good example of this as the artist delivers a scathing screed against war profiteers who send young men and women to fight wars. Ulm is an able storyteller on “Hustler’s Tale,” the story of a heroic gangster, using a gritty, gravelly voice. Catchiest of all is the sprightly, sunny, mandolin-fueled love song “Angel of the Bayou Master” which, despite repetitiousness, is another example of a smart, eloquent […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: elijahrock.com Seeking: Booking, Film/TV, Label Style: Pop Traditional, Jazz Gifted with a velvety baritone, singer Elijah Rock is a modern-day crooner whose recordings demonstrate what sophisticated singing is all about. On the Sinatra cover “AlI I Need is the Girl,” Mr. Rock delivers a light, romantic, Saturday-nite-on-the-town type of a song whose jazzy, fingersnappin’ vitality is contagious. Rock’s voice goes deep and formal on “Gershwin For My Soul” which really punches into overdrive after the chorus and gets loose and jazzy to the end. Despite lyrical cliche, “Matters of the Heart” treats the listener to a slow, […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: sursiemetzger.com/epk Seeking: Film/TV Style: Instrumental With “Monolith (Erosion)” composer/multi-instrumentalist Sursie Metzger makes it clear she has a gift for the kind of gentle/healing sounds that would be enticing to an ambient music label or a meditation app. Amid its warm atmospherics and soft percussive detonations, a tune/hook becomes apparent. Featuring a descending harp arpeggio, “Celestial Waltz” follows that soothing formula but seems a bit too quiet, though it’s a nice tune. “Cosmic Garden” is more of the same, conjuring a fleet of celestial clouds for the listener to float upon. All in all, we advise this budding […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: musicthesedays.com Seeking: Label, Booking, Distribution Style: Country/Rock/Southwestern Tucson-based Ben Wilkinson and his project, Music These Days, has been likened to “country meets Radiohead,” making music that could be a good fit for an alt-western movie soundtrack. First off, for example, on “View from the Badlands,” you know you’re in alternative territory at the sound of Wilkinson’s lo-fi voice as he sings “The highway is the only place for me,” which has some Neil Young and Sufjan Stevens in its DNA. Both the waltzing “The Bottle Just Scared Me” and “Alan Reyes,” which recounts the memories of a […]

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